Acura Wins with the 2016 MDX Standard Features
In the realm of luxury SUVs, one standout model defeats many of its top competitors when it comes to offering high-end amenities.
Priced at $43,015 MSRP* for the base model, the 2016 Acura MDX is priced well below many of its competitors, yet the base model MDX offers various amenities that aren’t found in the base trims of these rival vehicles.
Keep reading, and we’ll explore the many standard features that are found onboard the MDX but not its rival SUVs.
Acura MDX vs. Audi Q7
In comparing the MDX amenities to those found in the 2017 Audi Q7 (MSRP from $54,800), the MDX base model includes the following standard features, which are either not offered at all in the Q7 base trim or are only offered as an optional upgrade for a higher cost:
- Voice-activated controls for audio and Bluetooth-enabled devices (the Q7 offers only Bluetooth voice controls and only as an optional upgrade)
- Memory steering column
- Automatic tilt-away column
- Speed-sensing interval windshield wipers
- Telematics (only available as an optional upgrade in the Q7)
- Third-row split bench seat
- Noise cancelling features
- LED headlights (only available as an optional upgrade in the Q7)
- Front armrest storage
- Active head restraints
Acura MDX vs. Infiniti QX60
Standard features offered in the MDX base trim but not in the 2016 Infiniti QX60 base model (MSRP from $42,600) include two-driver memory for door locks, headlights, mirrors, steering wheel, and the driver seat. The QX60 offers driver memory only as an optional upgrade, and only for door locks and headlights.
Other standard features found in the MDX that are not available at all in the QX60 base trim include a third-row split bench seat, noise cancellation, LED headlights, perimeter lighting, active head restraints, third-row head restraints, daytime running lights, and a radio theft-deterrent system.
Many other features are offered standard in the MDX but are only provided as an optional upgrade in the QX60, including:
- Two-driver memory for locks, headlights, mirrors, steering wheel, and seat (QX60 only offers available memory settings for locks and headlights)
- Voice-activated controls for Bluetooth and audio (QX60 only offers available voice controls for Bluetooth)
- Two-position memory steering column
- Automatic tilt-away steering column
- Dual adjustable seat height memory
Acura MDX vs. Infiniti QX70
The Acura MDX features seating for seven, while the 2016 Infiniti QX70 (MSRP from $45,850) offers seating for only five passengers. The MDX also provides greater cargo room, with 68.4 cubic feet of cargo volume compared with only 62.0 cubic feet onboard the QX70.
In comparing features in the MDX and QX70 base trims, the following amenities come standard in the MDX base model but not in the QX70 base trim:
- Rear seat climate controls
- Two-driver memory for various features (QX70 only offers driver memory for locks and headlights and only as an optional upgrade)
- Voice-activated controls for Bluetooth and audio (QX70 only offers available Bluetooth voice controls)
- Two-position memory steering column (only offered as an optional upgrade in the QX70)
- Automatic tilt-away column (only offered as an optional upgrade in the QX70)
- Telematics (only offered as an optional upgrade in the QX70)
- Dual-adjustable seat height memory for front seat (only offered as an optional upgrade in the QX70)
- Second- and third-row split folding bench seats
- Noise cancellation
- LED headlights
- Third-row head restraints
- Daytime running lights
- Radio theft-deterrent system
Acura MDX vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE
In addition to providing more seating (seven passengers and three rows versus five passengers and two rows), the MDX further offers amenities that are not found onboard the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE (MSRP from $52,500).
Features offered standard in the MDX base model but not available at all in the GLE base trim include noise cancellation components and armrest storage.
Amenities that are offered standard in the base model MDX but are only available as an optional upgrade in the GLE include rear-seat climate controls, rearview camera, leather-trimmed seats, satellite radio, LED headlights, and push-start ignition.
Acura MDX vs. BMW X5
In comparing the MDX with 2016 BMW X5 (MSRP from $54,700), the MDX features seating for seven passengers, while the X5 can only accommodate five passengers. The X5’s cargo volume is also inferior to the MDX, providing only 66.0 cubic feet of cargo volume compared to the MDX’s 68.4 cubic feet.
Features offered standard in the base model MDX but not available in the X5 include noise cancellation features, cargo area tie-downs, and armrest storage.
Amenities offered standard in the MDX base trim that are only available as an optional, extra-cost upgrade in the X5 include:
- Rear-seat climate controls
- Rearview camera
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Satellite radio
- LED headlights
Acura MDX vs. Lexus GX
The Acura MDX exceeds the 2016 Lexus GX (MSRP from $50,780) when it comes to cargo volume, with the GX offering just 64.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity to the MDX’s 68.4 cubic feet.
Various amenities are offered standard onboard the Acura MDX base model that are not available at all in the GX. Included among them are a power liftgate, speed-sensing interval windshield wipers, leather-trimmed seats, noise cancellation features, perimeter lighting, armrest storage, and a radio theft-deterrent system.
Features provided standard in the base model MDX but only offered as an available upgrade in the GX include rear -climate controls, voice-activated audio and Bluetooth controls (GX only offers available Bluetooth voice controls), and heated front seats.
See for Yourself
Drivers can experience these rival-defeating amenities and other winning assets of the 2016 Acura MDX in person at any Chicagoland Acura Dealers location.
Visit one of our affiliated dealerships or contact us today to learn more about the outstanding MDX and to take it for a test drive.
*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or a $940 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor, and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.